Tomorrow’s Recipe!


Walnut and Date Oatmeal




Walnut and Date Oatmeal

This is a really healthy and energetic oatmeal that is easy and delicious to make!  The amount of toppings is up to the oatmeal-eater so here it is:

Cook oatmeal according to package instructions.

Add milk, walnuts, flax seeds, maple syrup, and chopped walnuts.


What do you like to add to your oatmeal?

Chicken Salsa (recipe)


  • chopped chicken breasts
  • smashed! garlic
  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped green bell pepper
  • chopped green onions
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • chopped cilantro
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • vegetable oil
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • salt
  • avocado, chopped (optional)
  1. Saute chicken on skillet with some vegetable oil (we are not frying here!) until cooked and golden brown.
  2. Then mix the cooked chicken with the rest of the ingredients and adjust the flavorings to your liking.

It should taste very fresh, flavorful and not heavy.  Great with brown rice, whole-grain chips, warm pita bread, corn tortillas,
it’s endless!
What would you eat this chicken salsa with?

Chicken Salsa

Watch out for this recipe tomorrow!


Feta: chickpeas and yogurt (recipe)


Cooked chickpeas

Toasted pita bread




Smashed! Garlic

Few drops of vinegar



Toasted slivered almonds

Extra virgin olive oil

Pomegranate seeds (optional)

  1. Layer the toasted pita bread on a nice, presentable serving dish so that the bottom of the dish is covered into bite size pieces of bread.
  2. Mix yogurt, some tahini (enough to taste the tahini but not completely overwhelming the yogurt), vinegar, smashed! garlic (enough to get a garlic breath, ha…eat a bunch of parsley after and you will banish the bad breath), and salt in a bowl.
  3. Add chickpeas over the bread with some of the water left over from cooking the chickpeas (if they came from a can, rinse them and boil in some water, just to make them warm, and then use some of that liquid for the bread so it can get moist but not too mushy).
  4. Spread the yogurt mixture over the chickpeas.
  5. Drizzle e.v.o.o., sprinkle cumin and paprika over the dish.  Then the slivered almonds on top and pom seeds if you have any.

It is a dish eaten warm or at room temperature.

If we have any leftover, we do eat it cold…told you it was easy!

Say Bismillah and share the goodness!

Salad (Fattoush, the Middle Eastern way)

image by Mariam Al-Kalby

Check out tomorrow’s post on how to make an easy, healthy, and tasty salad!


No don’t worry, you won’t be adding any broken crayons to this dish but for my daughter apparently she thought this version would taste better.  She whipped up a batch of Chaat Masala Chickpeas with broken crayons.


Notice the crayons still with their wrappings?  Yes, well, I heard they taste better and gives the dish enough texture.  Oh yes, uncooked chickpeas seem the way to go for toddlers these days.  Yum.

So I promised a recipe.  Well here it is, but be warned it is my version of chaat masala chickpeas.  And for sure, they are better than my daughter’s way of making it.

You can adjust the measurements to your liking and add other things if you prefer.  I love that it is healthy, no cooking required (if your using cans), flavorful, very filling for the belly, and satisfying to the tastebuds.

Chaat Masala Chickpea Recipe

Cooked chickpeas

cooked pinto beans (optional) I added these because they were sitting in the fridge bored

3 diced Roma tomotoes

1/2 an onion, finely chopped

finely chopped cilantro and flat leaf parsley

one squeezed lemon juice

Chaat Masala seasoning (I used the Shan brand) sprinkled to your liking

1. Rinse the beans from the cans.

2. Mix beans and all the ingredients together well.

3. Add the squeezed lemon juice and garnish with a cilantro leaf.

3. Share with friends and family and don’t forget to say “Bismillah!”

Excuse me while I go pick the broken crayons out of my dried chickpeas…enjoy!


What ingredients would you add in your Chaat Masala dish?